May 22, 2013, 10:46 am EDT
Solar is dumb … as an investment, anyway.
Yes, someday technology will improve to the point where maybe — maybe — solar will pay for itself over time. Of course, it still will require enormous amounts of traditional fossil fuel energy to mine the silicon necessary to create solar panels, and to melt it — melting rock isn’t easy, by the way — and to keep panels from degrading in UV light. So that’s why I think investing in solar stocks as a true long-tern investment is dumb.
But today, I decided to look at a slightly different flavor in the solar sector, SolarCity (SCTY), to see what might be driving its stock performance. Read
May 22, 2013, 9:07 am EDT
May has been a monster month for IPOs, with 22 deals hitting the market averaging a return of 13%.
But the party hasn’t been an equal one — a look into the offerings shows that the NYSE Euronext (NYX) has been the primary beneficiary. The Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) has launched only eight of the month’s offerings, while the New York Stock Exchange has hosted 14, not including four more that are slated to go live this week.
That’s no fluke, either. Year-to-date, the NYSE has snagged 37 IPOs to the Nasdaq’s 26. Read
May 21, 2013, 4:14 pm EDT
As computing power gets more and more sophisticated, researchers are getting better data on the human genome, which has the potential to unlock many of our species’ secrets.
Banking on this is NanoString Technologies — one of the leaders in the space that has announced plans to go public.
Founded in 2003, NanoString is a spinoff of the Seattle-based Institute for Systems Biology. By leveraging extensive academic research, the company has gone on to develop next-generation machines that help analyze genomic information. Read
May 21, 2013, 11:35 am EDT
Since Facebook (FB) came public about a year ago, deal-making in the social media space has been fairly sparse, whether in terms of IPOs or acquisitions. This week, though, we finally got an interesting deal: Yahoo’s (YHOO) $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr.
Founded in 2007, Tumblr is a platform that makes it super easy for someone to create a social microblog. As of now, there are 184 million monthly unique visitors and many of them are fairly young. The company has also made great strides into mobile.
In other words, Tumblr could be big opportunity for Yahoo to boost growth and get some pizzazz. And, if you believe her, the company’s CEO Marissa Mayer also says that she promises not to “screw it up.” Read
May 20, 2013, 12:03 pm EDT
Four companies are slated to hit the exchanges this week — a bit of a slowdown from previous weeks, but still continuing a bustling time for the IPO market. Wall Street has launched 22 offerings in May alone — representing the best volume since 2007 — though investors have looked at these deals with mixed enthusiasm.
Case in point, last week’s IPO returns:
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Still, you can expect more deals in the offing. Eight more companies are lined up to go public in May, which according to Renaissance Capital, means this month “could be the first since May 2007 to see 30 pricings. No month has had more than 30 IPO pricings since October 2004.” Read
May 17, 2013, 12:32 pm EDT
Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary for the Facebook (FB) IPO … though many investors might not want to remember it.
Shares are down about 31% in that time, compared to a 19% gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and a 22% jump in the S&P 500. That’s right — you would’ve done better plunking your money into humdrum companies like General Electric (GE) or Clorox (CLX).
That isn’t to say Facebook has been a completely lost cause. The company has gotten back on track to some extent, improving its revenues last quarter by 36% thanks to an improved focus on monetizing mobile, which went from nothing to 30% of revenues during the past 12 months. Read